- Created on 14 March 2012
How to find your phone
Unfortunately it is a fact of life that at some point your phone is going to either break or in some case worse, go missing. The former of these problems is normally just a simple case of repair through either the manufacturer or a third party, but the latter opens up a number of security risks outside of the obvious irritation. Luckily there are a number of applications that will allow you to find your phone, whether it runs on iOS (Apple iPhone, iPad or other) or Android (Samsung Galaxy 2, Samsung Galaxy 3 etc.).
Apps for iOS
"Find my iPhone" by Apple
This handy little free app from Apple lets you find your phone directly through an audible allert if it is near you, or offers a mapping function to give you precise directions to the location of your phone. In the event of it being stolen, the device can be locked remotely and wiped to ensure that noone can access your personal data.
- Locate your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac on a map
- Display a message on the screen
- Play a sound for two minutes at full volume (even if your device is set to silent)
- Remotely lock your device
- Remotely wipe your device to erase your personal data
Apps for Android
"Plan B" by Lookout Mobile Security
Possibly one of the best free apps for locating a lost android handset, Plan B can be installed and opened after the phone has gone missing simply through the Android Marketplace. Once installed the program automatically opens locates your phone by cell towers and GPS and sends location updates to your Gmail email address. After 10 minutes, the location can be checked again by texting your phone with the word locate.
- You'll get one email message when Plan B starts, and up to 5 other messages as it refines your phone's location or tracks it as it moves.
- Each location email will include an accuracy rating in meters.
- Plan B will attempt to launch as soon as it downloads, but in some cases you will need to send an SMS to get it started.
- Note that your location is only sent to the Gmail address that is already associated with your phone; nobody else can access your location using Plan B.
- U.S. Users: If a data connection is not available, Plan B will use mobile-originated SMS messages to send your location to your email address. Regular SMS rates may apply.